Filtering by: Bookbinding

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING
Jun
7
to Jun 11

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING

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The Ancient Art of Bookbinding / Explore the ancient art of ​long-stitch ​bookbinding. With ceremony and intention, Erica Ekrem will hold space for you to step into your role as a maker. Each woman will stitch a leather journal from a prepared kit.

We will engage the breath to alleviate stress and access creative flow. We will imbue our work with intention and personal magic by exploring the powerful connection between heart and hands. We will quiet the mind by bringing awareness to the creative flow of breath and the focused movement of the hands. We will weave spines of colored thread and bring into being containers to hold all that we are and all that we are becoming.

Come to sit in your truth and share your story among sisters. Depart with a journal in your hands, and in your heart, the empowered ability to make another.

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FESTIVAL OF THE MUSES
Sep
15
to Sep 17

FESTIVAL OF THE MUSES

Bookbinding Skillshare / Learn to stitch the Riverbraid leather journal. Erica will offer bookbinding during the upcoming @festivalofthemuses~ an all inclusive community gathering with workshops, live music, soaking, and more. Come to learn new skills, be in community, and celebrate, recognize, and support the feminine force that dwells in each of us. Get your tix and check out the line/up of offerings at www.festivalofthemuses.com

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MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING
Jul
27
to Jul 28

MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING

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An Exploration in MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING / Explore the ancient art of bookbinding as a pathway to a meditative state. Erica Ekrem will provide guidance for you to step into your role as a maker. Each student will sew a woven leather journal from a prepared kit. Together we will reflect on the teachings of water to guide us in the Long-Stitch binding method. You will learn to guide the needle and thread as if it were a river running through the journal connecting one leaflet to the next.

We will:  Consider ethical material sourcing. –Customize thread and paper colors. –Engage the breath to alleviate stress, quiet the mind, generate focus, and access creative flow. –Reflect on your personal experiences with water or a body of water. –Sit in tea meditation. –Fold and punch signatures. –Learn the Long Stitch binding method with leather as casing. –Learn decorative stitching patterns and an ornamental weaving technique to strengthen and protect the exposed stitching. –Explore journaling exercises. –Reflect on the final pieces and overall process with one another. $210 + Offsite Lodging; Up to 12 students. 

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SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING
Jun
1
to Jun 5

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING

MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING: Flow Like Water / Explore the ancient art of bookbinding as a pathway to a meditative state. With ceremony and intention, Erica Ekrem will hold space for you to step into your role as a maker. Each woman will sew a woven leather journal from a prepared kit. Together we will reflect on the teachings of water to guide us in the Long-Stitch binding method. You will learn to guide the needle and thread as if it were a river running through the journal connecting one leaflet to the next.

We will engage the breath to alleviate stress, quiet the mind, generate focus, and access creative flow. We will imbue our work with intention and personal magic by exploring the powerful connection between heart and hands. We will weave spines of colored thread and bring into being containers to hold all that we are and all that we are becoming. 

Come to sit in your truth and share your story among sisters. Depart with a journal in your hands, and in your heart, the empowered ability to make another. $35 material fee. Up to 10 students. 


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THE ART OF STILLNESS
Nov
4
to Nov 7

THE ART OF STILLNESS

THE ART OF STILLNESS is an invitation for women to align to a slower tempo and to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. We will gather for 3 days and 3 nights in intimate sisterhood at Doe Bay Resort along the tidelines of Orcas Island, WA. Our time together will be shaped by ceremony and an ever-unfolding invitation to love your self, to reflect inwardly, and to discover stillness.

We will explore the meditational arts of tea ceremony, inner voice work, traditional bookbinding, movement and more. We will practice awakening to the present moment. We will learn to listen so we may sing in-time to our innate rhythms. We will courageously embody the beauty of our authentic self so we may each step into our power as creator. LEARN MORE + REGISTER

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OCEANIC LIBRARY
Sep
20
to Sep 22

OCEANIC LIBRARY

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OCEANIC LIBRARY / Join Erica on the Equinox for an inspiring oceanside art retreat. We will sit in tea ceremony, connect with the tides and contemplate our connection to the mother waters. Students will explore the use of natural objects (clam shells and driftwood planks) as book covers to create a biodegradable oceanic library. Students will learn to choose materials, consider ethics of material sourcing and will learn bookbinding basics such as creating text blocks, binding exposed spines, preparing and attaching covers. Students will create thematic content and apply scrimshaw treatment to the books with mixed media such as pen and ink, watercolor, typewriter, embroidery and calligraphy. Each student will create a personal oceanic library made of two to four small hand bound books.   LEARN MORE + REGISTER

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OCEANIC LIBRARY
Oct
10
10:00 AM10:00

OCEANIC LIBRARY

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BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP / Explore the use of locally foraged, biodegradable materials as book covers. In this workshop, driftwood slabs and clam shells will be utilized to make a pair of journals. Exposed spines will be sewn using a combination of kettle, Coptic, and running stitches. Instructor Erica Ekrem bound her first book in 2003 while studying with book artist Dr. Elsi Vassdal Ellis. Erica's most notable work, Book of the Sea, a 100% biodegradable clam shell book is featured in the Paper Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hosted by Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress and Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA. 

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CHILDREN'S BOOKBINDING
Jul
10
1:30 PM13:30

CHILDREN'S BOOKBINDING

BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP / Local bookbinder and author (Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books), Erica Ekrem offers a unique opportunity to share her craft with your young ones. Your child will learn how to sew a running stitch and engage with the basic tools and materials needed to make a leather bound journal. Each child will bind a book to bring home to fill with artwork and writing. An outdoor event hosted by Orcas Workshop.

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SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING
May
14
to May 18

SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING

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BOOKBINDING SKILLSHARE / Erica will guide you step-by-step through the process of hand-stitching a woven spine journal to record your visual and written stories. We will explore how a journal may become a tool to ground the visions, initiations and ceremonies we experience. We will give thanks for the materials provided to us by Nature and through guided visualization, imbue them with intention. You will depart the class with a journal in your hands and, in your heart, the empowered ability to create another.

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